Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Statutory measures for the milk industry are in place.
The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the statutory measures in Government Gazette 42999.
The measures were drawn up in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.
Statutory measures are designed to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products.
In order to achieve this, relevant industries are enabled to collect funds to finance important generic functions and to collect and disseminate important agricultural information in order to promote growth within specific industries.
• Notice 90 – establishment of statutory measure: registration of milk producers. Aims to compel local milk producers to register with the Milk Producers’ Organisation – registration will allow for communication on legislation, training courses and technology transfer – measure in force until 1 November 2023;
• Notice 91 – establishment of statutory measure: records and returns by milk producers. Aims to provide a statutory mechanism for milk producers to keep records and furnish returns to the Milk Producers’ Organisation – ensure that continuous, timeous and accurate statistics and information relating to the primary dairy industry are made available to all role-players – measure in force until 1 November 2023.
Meanwhile, the department recently updated parliament on new agricultural products export protocols.
According to the department, export measures are based on the import requirements of trading partners.
Export protocols are “located at the end stage of a continuum of activities aimed at securing market access”.
They can only be concluded once the trade negotiations are finalised.
The department pointed out that, if following initial communications on market access requests, no response is received after a number of reminders, a file is closed unless there is an indication of interest from the local industry.
In 2019/20, new markets, namely, poultry meat to the UAE; sheep to Kuwait; beef to Oman; live cattle, sheep and goats to Qatar and caprine genetic material to Brazil, opened up.
Market access negotiations approaching finalization include beef to Saudi Arabia; beef and wool to Malaysia; fish meal to China and genetic material to Brazil.
Detail was also provided on market access negotiations for plant and plant products export protocols.
One challenge with market access negotiations is that access to new markets incurs reciprocal requests to export into South Africa which can be influenced by trade negotiation requests and developments in unrelated sectors.
In response, in a statement, the portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development welcomed the opening up of new markets as “exports contribute to economic growth and job creation in the agricultural sector”.
The negotiations for beef to Saudi Arabia, beef and wool to Malaysia, fish meal to China and genetic material to Brazil in their final stages were also highlighted.
In terms of reciprocal requests, the committee called on the trade and industry department to collaborate with the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department “for the mutual benefit of South Africa and the countries we are exporting to”.